Milan 2010: Brazilian designer Brunno Jahara has released a collection of homeware made of hammered and crumpled anodized aluminum.
Called Batucada, the collection of hand-made vases, pendant lamps and trays come in metallic shades of green, blue, grey, purple, red and golden yellow.
The collection will be on display in Milan this April.
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See also Hand Forged by Julien Renault (February 2010) if you like battered aluminum.
Here is some more information from Jahara Studio:
“Batucada” is a collection of vases, hanging lamps and trays. The objects come in various shapes, sizes and colors and it is made of 100% aluminum and anodized in shades of green, blue, grey, purple, red and golden yellow.
The ‘Batucada’ collection (In Portuguese stands for a percussion beat used in carnival parties). In Brazil people in poor communities (favelas) play instruments made of tins, aluminum pots and other alternative materials and that’s what has inspired Brunno to merge music and design to create the pieces. In Brazil 98% of the aluminum produced is recycled, making it one of the first countries in the world rank of recycling of aluminum. This is chiefly due to a large network of 'catadores' (people who search the trash for recyclable materials).
It is cheaper to produce a ton of recycled aluminum then to produce the same amount of new aluminum. Jahara uses the anodize process which makes the aluminum 30% stronger than steel and also gives it a vividly colored finish. The collection is the first launched by ‘Jahara Studio’ in Brazil. After spending more than 5 years in Europe working with designers and companies such as Jaime Hayon, Fabrica and Flavio Albanese (director of Domus Magazine), Brunno decided to return to Brazil and set up his own studio in São Paulo.